Love this video for the title track Mind Over Matter for the band Young the Giant.
I’m just going to place this “The Pinky Song” right here and slowly back away….
It thus makes sense that when the New Years Eve house party I went to started playing the Chutney version to a Daler Mehndi song, I totally flipped. Here you are, for your Chutney-ed Daler Mehndi Remix listening pleasure.
A gorgeous downtempo acoustic song by the British Luke Sital-Singh in this outdoor session. Kind of reminds me of Young The Giant. Check out the equally gorgeous studio version of the song here.
A classic 2008 Koushik from Stones Throw Records. I wonder what he’s up to these days.
I’m blessed to be in Los Angeles and to be surrounded by amazing musicians in my friend circles. I knew Sheila Govindarajan for a couple of years as a healer but I had no idea she sang. So I was quite literally blown away when I saw her take the mic this December and she held the kind of power in her song voice that she did. That night Sheila performed at Devi Fest out in Venice with a beautiful headline of South Asian female musicians.
Sheila’s been making music for a while through different projects, and her recent musical metamorphosis has been breathtaking. Her voice is deep and sultry, she can hold a solid hypnotic note and her genre teeter between jazz and world and desert. She sings in multiple languages, dancing between Portuguese to English to Yoruba.
Her solo music is impossible to find online right now - but she does have an album scheduled to release in the next few months. But a little snooping revealed this David Starfire mix called Indian Summer that Sheila is featured on as well long list to her vocals.
In the meantime, check out this video from Devi Fest. And keep posted on her going ons at her website GoviLove.
While thumbing through the “exotica” section of the local record joint, I stumbled across this. Had no idea who Zubin Mehta was - but now I do. And you do too.
And you can get your copy of the album here.
M.I.A. BY Ravi Thiagaraja
This Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga (Pychededlic Funk in India 1970-1983 album compilation out of Stones Throw Records needs to be mine. I prob need to buy a record player first.
Compilation on World Psychedelic Funk Classics. 20 Indian Psych-Funk Masterpieces. 2LP with full-sized 20 page color booket. CD with 52 page color booklet.
Much of the music on this compilation that covers the “golden years” of the movement (from approximately 1970 until 1982) and springs from the Bollywood film industry. Thus, Psych Funk Sa Re Ga! compiles some of the work of composers such as R.D. Burman and the brothers known as Kalyanji Anandji – specifically their experiments in the fusion of India’s classical traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music, folk music such as bhangra and dandiya and Western psychedelia and funk music.
Psych Funk Sa Re Ga! also includes off the beaten path Indian experiments in Psych Funk – for example, two songs from the Simla Beat garage-psych albums, and an oft-heard Deep Purple cover by the ground-breaking Atomic Forest – alongside examples of the Indian Psych Funk influence on European 70s musicians.